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27 Of The Strangest, Most Disturbing Things Ever Found On Craigslist

No matter if you’re searching for a good deal on used furniture, trying to find a missed connection, or just need to feel better about yourself, Craigslist is the place for you.

The site provides a few measures to weed out spam, schemes, and other content that shouldn’t be on the site, but they don’t catch everything. Sometimes, really…interesting…posts and ads fall through the cracks.

Here are 27 weird, disturbing Craigslist finds and ads from around the world that really have me questioning people’s sanity.

1. Who has something like this just lying around their house?

2. Grape freeze pops are literally the worst.

3. Sometimes accidents happen.

Is This The Most Bizarre Historical Coincidence Of All Time?

December 5 might just go down as one of history’s most coincidental days ever.

On that date in 1664, a ship sank in the Menai Strait, located off the coast of North Wales. 80 passengers died — there was only one survivor, a man named Hugh Williams.

That same day in 1785, another shipwreck occurred in the same strait. Once again, all passengers died except for a man by the name of Hugh Williams.

By now it should come as no surprise that yet again in 1820, a third ship lost its battle against the sea, leaving only one survivor. His name? Hugh Williams.

Is all of this the result of pure coincidence, or is something else to blame?

While there appears to be a clear connection between the Menai Strait and men named Hugh Williams, the coincidence might not be as sensational as you think.

The Menai Strait is known for its rough waters year-round, but during the winter months, especially in early December, they can be unbelievably uneasy, and the weather is quite gloomy and rainy. Given this, and the fact that the strait is heavily trafficked, it should come as no surprise that it has seen its fair share of shipwrecks. It is believed that during the 200-year span between the three notable shipwrecks, there were upwards of 300 reported wrecks in the strait.

Read More: 25 Happenings Throughout History That Seem Too Weird To Be True

What Just Happened In This New York Canal Is Seriously Crazy

On Monday, November 14, passersby were greeted with an alarming sight at the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays, New York.

The water was filled with thousands of bunker fish, which were squeezed together as tightly as sardines in a can. Unfortunately for the fish, this meant that they would run out of oxygen and die. Onlookers had no idea what to make of this strange phenomenon, but there is a simple explanation as to how this happened.

While they were in the canal the night before, the tide gates closed and locked them inside. The Southhampton County Department of Public Works managed to open the canal to free some fish, but the majority didn’t survive.

It is believed that a school of blue fish, which feed on bunkers, chased them into the canal right before it got locked.

The water is currently being tested for any health risks, but officials say there’s no reason to worry. People are also working to clean up the massive number of dead fish.

Read More: These Huge Cobwebs Came Out Of Nowhere In A Small English Town — NOPE

This Rare Deep Sea Jellyfish Is All Of Your Underwater Nightmares Rolled Into One

If there is one species that Earth’s oceans are abundant with, it’s jellyfish. Thanks to climate change and the general warming of the planet, our oceans are becoming a much more hospitable place for all sorts of jellyfish. However, there will always be those more mysterious and elusive sub-species.

Consider the stygiomedusa gigantea. It is a species of giant jellyfish that is among the rarest in the world. Over the past 110 years, there have only been 115 sightings. According to those who have studied it, stygiomedusa gigantea is one of the largest invertebrate predators in the world.

While its sightings have been rare, luckily a few of the recent ones have been by unmanned ROV vehicles, which allow us to get up close with these terrifying, majestic creatures.

Well, this is going to give me nightmares for a year.

She Sleeps With 3 Of Her 7 Children — Is Attachment Parenting Taking It Too Far?

Do you remember crawling into bed with your parents when you were young? If so, you probably also recall them kicking you out, saying things like “you’re too big now” or “you have your own bed.”

Who can blame them? Now that I’m an adult, I look forward to getting into bed every night. It’s soft, comfortable, serene, and most of all, mine. Having to share it with a couple of kids would be enough to send me right to the couch.

These days, however, attachment parenting is more popular than ever.

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When reading over the principles, it’s easy to see why parents are attracted to this method, which is based on empathy, love, respect, and compassion. Building an early bond with an infant or toddler has been shown to lead to better mental and emotional health – and a big part of that is co-sleeping.

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At best, co-sleeping is really adorable.

At worst, it results in a swift kick to Mom’s face in the middle of the night.

But how far is too far? This mom of seven by the name of Anni Jones practices what she calls “gentle attachment parenting.” For her, that includes sleeping with her three youngest children — and they’re not exactly babies!

What do you think? Is this mom taking it too far? How old is too old to sleep with your children? Let us know! As for me, I’ll be sprawled out like a starfish in my child-free bed.

Buried Alive? These Strange Graveyard Innovations Can Be Literal Lifesavers.

There aren’t a lot of places creepier than graveyards. Why? There’s something about a large collection of occupied coffins and tombs that makes everyone a little uneasy. Besides the idea of the dead (or undead) that gives graveyards a scary connotation, there’s also a certain fear that keeps some people up at night: being buried alive. It’s not fun to imagine, and (I assume) definitely not fun to experience. In the past (before certain developments in medical/post-mortem tech) the fear of being buried alive was not entirely unfounded. This fear drove people to innovate new ways to ensure that in case they were buried alive it wasn’t a death sentence.  

Most coffins are made a durable wood and sealed tight. Once six feet under, there’s really no way to escape or let anyone know that you would prefer not to be in a coffin.

And if you were buried in one of these babies, you were definitely out of luck (iron coffins like this one were actually invented in order to transport the recently deceased across long distances.

One way (the most simple way, in my opinion) to prevent live burial was to have the body in question sit in a mortuary for a few days under close watch. Think of it as the “alive until proven dead” method.

Some thought burial vaults were a solution. If you was buried in a vault like the one below, just a turn of the wheel on the vault-door and you can scare the crap out of your grieving relatives.

“Ring once if you’re alive.” This intricate alarm system was integrated with the coffin so as to allow the mistakenly buried to sound the alarm and be sure their families keep them in a mortuary for a few days next time.

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As great as these inventions are for alleviating the fears of those who think they may be buried alive someday, they only make things easier for the entities we all really fear deep down: zombies!

via:mentalfloss.com

Back in the day, people spent a lot of time worrying about burying people and getting buried. It’s good to see more people have hobbies now.

They Grabbed A Jar Of Vinegar And Discovered That Something New Was Living Inside

For most of us, vinegar is one of those things that you buy once, toss in a cabinet, and then forget about until you need it. However, neglecting your bottle of vinegar, especially if you end up leaving it in a warm spot (say, above the stove), will eventually transform it into something even more disgusting.

Redditor Hassassin30 posted these photos on the social news sharing site this week with the caption, “Something from Alien is living in our vinegar jar. WTF is it?”

It turns out that Hassassin30 had stored this bottle of vinegar in a warm, dark place, which caused the substance to “mother.”

Mothering pretty much just means that the vinegar fermented. In fact, mother of vinegar (as it’s called) is a fascinating substance.

First off, it actually doesn’t harm the vinegar around it, so you don’t have to throw your bottle away.

It can also be used to create a new bottle of vinegar if that’s your style.

You can also use the mother of vinegar in some kombucha recipes.

Of course, to do any of those things, you first need to get over how it looks.

(source: Reddit)

Now that is the power of science. To go from “Holy crap WTF?!” to “Hmm, that’s interesting” in less than five minutes is what science is all about.

18 Strange And True Facts About Pregnancy That Will Totally Weird You Out.

As any mom can tell you, the miracle of birth isn’t an easy journey. Morning sickness and labor pains aside, there’s a lot going on to bring those little lives to the world… And some of it is down right disturbing.

For nine months (or longer!) women basically become superheroes for what they endure. Sure, it’s worth it when you see those adorable healthy faces staring back at you for the first time. But that doesn’t make any of these things less bizarre.

1.) Three times as many women, about 1 in 3, will give birth through Cesarian than was reported 10 years ago.

2.) In the second half of pregnancy, your baby will urinate about a liter per day. And then they drink it.

3.) Over the course of the pregnancy, the uterus stretches from the size of a peach to roughly the size of a medium watermelon. That’s about 500 times its normal size.

4.) When nearing the end of pregnancy, a woman’s placenta produces more estrogen in one day than a non-pregnant woman will produce in three years.

5.) Extra fluid and water retention can cause pregnant women’s feet to grow up to one full shoe size.

6.) It is totally possible to be pregnant for an entire year. The longest pregnancy on record was reportedly 375 days long.

7.) Chances of a multiple birth increase with tall or overweight mothers.

8.) Pregnant women really do experience a heightened sense of smell, which is basically the body’s way of steering them away from food that would be bad for the baby.

9.) It’s common for women to experience change in skin tone during pregnancy. It happens about 90% of the time.

10.) The baby’s fingerprints are formed within the first three months of pregnancy.

11.) Newborns are getting heavier and heavier. Recently, a woman gave birth to an infant weighing 15 lbs and 7 oz.

12.) Blood flow increases during pregnancy, so occasional nosebleeds and bloody gums are common.

13.) Studies have shown that babies can taste what the mother is eating. Strong flavors like garlic are especially able to pass through the amniotic fluid.

14.) Over the past two decades, more baby boys were born in America than girls. However, women still outnumber men in population.

15.) The only scientifically proven method for inducing labor is nipple stimulation, known as “the comfort technique.”

16.) The old wives’ tale that pregnant women with heartburn are more likely to birth babies with full heads of hair? Totally true.

17.) Babies cry in the womb. Not because they’re upset, more as practice for their big day.

18.) Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate at the sound of a baby crying, even if it’s not their baby.

(via We Got Kidz.)

All that, and then you have to change their diapers for years without a thank you. I think I need to give my mom a hug.

20 People And Animals That Blend In With Their Environments A Little Too Well

It’s no secret that some people like to stand out and others like to blend in.

While I personally take no issue with having all eyes on me, some people just can’t get down with that, and that’s totally okay! But no matter what side you happen to fall on, we all have those days when we wish we could just channel our inner Harry Potter and throw on an invisibility cloak.

Although magic isn’t real because the world is a big, spinning ball of banality, these people and animals pulled off epic examples of accidental camouflage without even trying.

I really need to get on their level for when I’d rather go about my day hidden in plain sight. If you need me, I’ll be taking serious stock of my wardrobe.

A Bouquet of Any of These Bizarre Flowers Beats Roses Any Day. So Strange.

Everyone loves flowers. They’re pretty, they smell nice, and they brighten up a room. Florist shops and gardens can boast a good variety of flower types, but we doubt that you can find any of these at your grocer’s florist section. And for some of them, you should be glad. Check out these beautiful, but bizarre, flowers from around the world.

Tricyrtis hirta, or Toad lily

Native to Japan, this perennial looks more like a starfish than a flower.

Fritillaria

The name “Fritillaria” comes from the Latin word for “dice box” and refers to this flower’s unusual drooped shape as well as its checked pattern. It’s also known as the chess flower for this reason.

Lady Slippers (Cypripedioideae)

These flowers have a pocket-like petal that resembles a puffy slipper

Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii)

The endangered ghost orchid is native to Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas, and resembles nothing so much as a miniature, bowlegged Cthulhu.

Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)

This aqua-colored vine is in the pea family, and is closely related to the runner and kidney beans, and is native to the Philippines.

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

There are many types of passion flowers that can be found throughout Asia and the Americas. The same plants produce passionfruit. They’re a favorite of hummingbirds and come in a variety of striking colors and shapes, but we like the psychedelic incarnata.

Datura

Also called angel’s trumpets, the flowers of the datura genus are highly toxic, producing severe states of delirium, sometimes resulting in death. It was a popular drug for both suicide and murder in Europe and Asia.

Zebra Blue (Primula)

Related to the primrose and cowslip, this patterned flower is always stylish.

Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Before blooming, the aptly-named balloon flower’s buds appear as bright bubbles. Native to East Asia, its roots have long been used as an anti-inflammatory in China and Korea, and is a popular ingredient in salads.

Beehive Ginger (Zingiber spectabile)

The actual flowers can be seen protruding from the “beehive” structure at the top of this plant’s stems, which can reach 15 feet in height. This member of the ginger family is used in medicine as an anti-infammatory and to treat burns.

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana)

Guess how this one got its name.

Chinese Lantern (Abutilon × hybridum)

This cultivar group comes in a variety of shapes and colors, but this bright, bowl-shaped flower is certainly eye catching.

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)

The less-pretty name for this enormous flower is the “corpse flower,” because it smells like rotting meat to attract carrion-eating pollinators. It also produces heat, and when it’s blooming, it’s about the same temperature as a human body. It can reach about 10 feet in height, and takes 7 to 10 years to mature to the point of blooming.

Hookers Lips (Psychotria elata)

No, really, that’s the name. These lip-shaped flowers can be found in Central and South America. The red parts aren’t petals, but bracts, which protect the actual flowers inside. Eventually, the “lips” of this flower open further, revealing the flower.

White Egret Orchid (Pecteilis radiata)

This orchid, native to Central and Eastern Asia, resembles a feathery white bird. It’s the official flower of the Setagaya ward of Tokyo.

Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

Named for its black color and its vaguely bat-shaped petals, this flower is native to Southeast Asia. In keeping with their goth color scheme, they prefer to stay out of the sun.

Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria elata)

Not to be confused with the ghost orchid, the holy ghost orchid of Central America gets its name from its resemblance to a dove. It might not be that holy, though: it smells like beer. Sadly, these plants are highly endangered due to overharvesting and illegal trafficking, and face extinction.

Sporting Flowers (various species)

Botanists call this phenomenon “sporting,” and it means that one part of a plant spontaneously mutates. The results, seen here, are striking two-color flowers.

Snake Gourd Flower (Trichosanthes cucumerina)

This delicate, lacy flower grows a long, snake-shaped fruit and is native to South Asia, although it’s been naturalized in warm regions across the globe. The fruit and the greens are edible.

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

Well, you can see how these orchids got their name. The flowers are so silly-looking that people were convinced they were hoaxes, but these little guys are quite real.

Hoya Wax Flower (Hoya)

These nubby little flowers look like candies.

Pink Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Close up, this otherwise fairly standard-looking orchid looks more like a bird in flight than a moth, but it’s still reallt interesting.

Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia)

This orchid is notable for its resemblance to a sad monkey.

Japanese Camellia (Camellia Japonica)

This flower isn’t weird in shape or color, but rather in its perfect spiraling petals. They grow only at altitude of 1,000 feet or higher, and bloom in the colder weather.

Epiphyllum

These plants flower rarely, and only at night. They are extremely delicate, and picking them can damage the whole plant.

Snapdragons (Antirrhinum)

The flowers of the snapdragon are bright and showy, but things get weird when the flowers fade, leaving beind these ominous-looking, if miniature, seed pods.

From the ethereally lovely to the kind of icky to the downright weird, nature is pretty amazing!